The Cold and Your Garage Door


Staff Sgt. Phillip Bridges shovels the driveway of his new home Jan. 17. Thanks to a total basewide effort at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sergeant Phillips’ family was one of 241 successfully relocated from the on-base Sprucewood Homes development to viable on- and off-base residences before the harsh Alaska winter rolled in. Sergeant Bridges is assigned to the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Justin Weaver)

Don’t get sideswiped this winter when the cold weather starts to affect the functionality of your garage door opener. Keeping your door operating safely year round is essential to get the most out of your garage. A garage door that is in a state of disrepair can cause big problems, especially when the weather gets colder.

Water from melting snow and ice can cause damage to your garage door and opener. If your door is made of wood the increased moisture can create swelling in the frame. That can lead to the door rubbing against the frame or possibly becoming stuck. Keep rain gutters clear to avoid run off that will splash onto your garage door.

In the winter, water that pools at the base of your garage door can cause the door to freeze shut. At that point you’ll have to melt the ice and try to divert the pooling water. There is a potential for a stuck door to overwork your opener, depending on its age and condition. All this can be avoided if you prepare for the potential harm that winter conditions bring.

The weather change has the potential to affect your garage door opener. All the moving parts in the opener move best when they are lubricated. However this lubrication’s consistency can change with the weather. If your door is getting stuck or reversing direction this season, get a hold of Norm’s. We’ll take a close look at all the potential sources to the problem and get you back up and running.

Don’t let the extreme season and freezing temperatures keep you from using your garage. Plan ahead and contact us with questions, even ahead of time, to better equip your garage for winter.